HC Deb 04 August 1871 vol 208 c844

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, If any annual or other character of Return is made to the Admiralty of the number of deaths on board Her Majesty's vessels, and whether such a Return shows from what causes such deaths arise; and, whether such is the case or not, he will cause a Return to be placed upon the Table of the House showing the loss of lives, of limbs, and other injuries to sailors, arising from serving the anchor in unfouling, cutting, and fishing it, in ships of Her Majesty's Service, as also, if possible, in the Merchant Service during the year 1870?


, in reply, said, he could not at present say whether he should be able to give the Returns. So far as the Merchant Service was concerned it would be impossible. As to the Navy, he could not say absolutely whether the information desired could be procured. While on his legs he must express his regret that the hon. Baronet opposite (Sir John Hay) should have thought that his remarks with reference to the Question of which he had given Notice were discourteous; but the hon. and gallant Gentleman would understand that he naturally felt very strongly in consequence of the assertions made in his Question.